03/06/1986 Guadalajara Algeria 1-1 Norman Whiteside
Pat Jennings, Jimmy Nicholl, Mal Donaghy, John O’Neill, Alan McDonald, David McCreery, Norman Whiteside (Colin Clarke), Nigel Worthington, Billy Hamilton, Sammy McIlroy, Steve Penney (Ian Stewart)
Although not underestimating the threat that Algeria posed, especially after they had defeated West Germany by 2-1 in the 1982 tournament, manager Bingham privately knew that this was a must win game if Northern Ireland were to have any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.
The team were based in the city of Guadalajara and played their first game in the Tres de Marzo stadium. Norman Whiteside gave Northern Ireland a dream start with a deflected goal after 6 minutes. Djamel Zidane scored a fortuitous equaliser on the hour mark to give the African side a share of the spoils.
“… when it came to the 1986 World Cup in Mexico I felt that, despite having peaked in Spain and just afterwards, we might still have a chance. I backed my hunch although we had not the corps of players coming behind – no depth. We had squeezed the orange dry. There was nothing more to come out of it.”